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  • Romeo and Juliet: A Novel

  • By: David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 999
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 938
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 935

It's a story you think you know: the age-old tale of "star-cross'd lovers"; two families at war; a romance, so pure and absolute, fated for a tragic end. It's a story so thoroughly embedded in our culture, and so frequently retold. Yet, nothing captures the spark, the possibility, and the surprise of Shakespeare's work quite like this....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Story and The Voice

  • By Abiwim on 12-14-16

Beautiful Adaptation!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-20-18

Many of us know the classic tale of Romeo and Juliet, and when I saw this new adaptation, I immediately pre-ordered it. One thing that makes this novel stand out for me is the great amount of detail and historic research that must have gone into it: the politics, description of the towns of Verona, Venice, and Mantua, current state of politics and world events taking place at the time, down to the recipes of food served at the banquet. Since I have read the play in English and Italian, and recently visited many of the places mentioned, it was very easy to go back there in my mind. The author even skillfully lifts a key phrase or oft-quoted line right from the play and weaves it seamlessly into the story.

The only problem I had was that since this is an Italian story, on reflection, I thought there should have been a few expressions or phrases in Italian, such as idioms, or at least some greetings when the characters speak to each other. Instead, there is actually some Cockney slang among some servants, which is working-class London! This felt particularly out of place for an Italian setting. I often found myself pausing the audio to think because the Cockney was jolting simply because it's the wrong place, momentarily putting me out of the story.

For the most part, Richard Armitage's narration was simply spell-binding. I have noticed he narrates many classic English stories, such as by Charles Dickens, and is a great choice for a mostly-male cast of characters, and my God, can this man read poetry! That said, his choice of voicing for some of the characters was a bit jolting and out of place. This probably has something to do with the writing, as noted above. For example, Count Paris is from Florence, and at one point it specifically says he and his guards have "thick Florentine accents," yet they are read with the same British as the rest, and the guards speak with Cockney slang! Again, since this is an Italian story, I feel the characters ought to have Italian accents, though since the play adaptation was by Shakespeare, who (rumors aside) was British, perhaps that's not so out-of-place.

The story has a twist ending, which I at the same time liked, and didn't like (how dare he change Shakespeare? lol).

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Nevernight

  • The Nevernight Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: Jay Kristoff
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 20 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,972
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,847
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,841

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father's failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father's former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer and a future she never imagined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just try it....

  • By Devontay on 10-27-16

Harry Potter Meets Assassin's Creed!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-17

Nevernight not only hooked me in the first paragraph, it snatched me by the collar and sat me down in the first row with popcorn and Coke. Vividly told in a nothing-held-back attitude, details flow like music, dialogue is witty and original in the story of Mia Corvere.
Holder Graham reads it with true story-telling passion and skill.
I purchased this audio book with a credit, after a friend recommended the print version.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tears of Glass

  • By: David Lake
  • Narrated by: Fred Filbrich
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

A child of the sixties, desperately holding on to the dreams of that generation, the girl whole stole his heart, and the songwriter who touched his soul. These three are drawn together as they become reluctant fugitives, but from whom?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • unique and well done

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 01-31-17

Great Concept, Fast Paced

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-31-17

This story centers around a washed-up man named Morgan in the afterthrows of a divorce. When he discovers a friend murdered, he finds himself on the run from the killers, who are now targeting him, and he has no idea why. With the help of his accomplices Sera and Paul, he travels to London, only to find he's hunted there too, becoming entangled in a massive plot involving govenment, intel, and threats of destruction.

The narrative is interspersed with recorded songs by the character Paul, and music that echo the current situation and compliment the story. This concept is what initially drew me to review this book. As a musician myself, I loved the idea of music being incorporated. However, the music itself did not connect with me, but that may be because I'm not much of a Blues fan.

It was a little hard to get into at first, but I think that was partly because the scene shifts around a lot, and the scenes are short, so I wasn't sure who was the main character, but once I got used to that I enjoyed it more. The description is vivid and well-written. There are a lot of twists and unexpected turns which kept me guessing what would happen next. I really appreciate a story that's not too predictable; I like a good balance. That said, there is one particular twist near the end that really made me angry as a listener who is emotionally invested in the story, and I nearly stopped listening right then, but I'm very glad I stayed to the end. The story has many subplots and plenty of action, but some parts just seem to ramble on and my attention waned.

Production quality is mostly good. The narrator's voice is soft and calm, his pace is good and he has good expression and timing. However, except for a hint of accent, or slight pitch, there is hardly any change in his voice between the different characters, which to me is extremely important, as I sometimes lost track of who was speaking, until a tag came up. It would also really help if there was a little pause between the scenes to queue the listener, instead of seamlessly sailing into the next one, and the listener has to catch up. This made the story confusing at times, at least until I got used to it. Additionally, there is some distinct noise in the earlier chapters which is very distracting, sounds like a combination of mouth noise and breathing. Eventually it either stopped, or I stopped noticing. Overall I enjoyed the book; I just had to take it in small chunks rather than extended listening.

I was given this audiobook for a review, but that did not influence my review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Name of the Wind

  • Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 27 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54,764
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54,861

This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Joanna on 05-10-11

A Masterfully Told Tale

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-31-16

Any additional comments?

Name of the Wind is right up there with Age of Awakening and Tolkien. Patrick Rothfuss created his own world, with its own myths and stories-within-stories, beautifully told. Kvothe is a musician and student of magic at the University. As a musician myself, I identified and empathized with Kvothe's love of music, and have in fact said some of the same things myself. I'm now listening to it a second time, picking up things I had missed the first time, and enjoying it even more.It took me a few chapters to warm up the Nick Podehl as the narrator, because the first several characters that we meet (except for Old Cob) sound nearly identical, and I could only tell who was speaking by the attributes. However, several chapters in his performance really shines, with authentic and natural sounding accents and interesting characters.
I purchased this audiobook with a credit.

  • Eighth Grave After Dark

  • By: Darynda Jones
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,029
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,837
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,833

With 12 hellhounds after her, pregnant Charley Davidson takes refuge at the only place she thinks they can't get to her: the grounds of an abandoned convent. But after months of being cooped up there, Charley is ready to pop. Both metaphorically and literally, since she is now roughly the size of a beached whale. Fortunately a new case has captured her attention, one that involves a murder on the very grounds the team has taken shelter upon.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love This Series, except...

  • By Eugenia on 06-14-15

Sassy, Humorous, Well-written

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-27-16

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely, it kept my interest throughout, and I couldn't wait to find out what happened next.

Any additional comments?

I love the sassy one-liners and banter between the characters, particularly Charlie. I began the audiobook not realizing it was number 8 in a series, yet I never felt lost, as there were plenty of background tidbits here and there as it moves along. I thought the plot is very interesting.

The narration by Lorelei King is excellent. Her emotions were good and her Hispanic and Middle-Eastern accents are convincing. I do wish there was more variety of voices, as most of the males sounded the same (deeper and with a dry raspy sound), but fortunately the text has plenty of tags so I always knew who was speaking. All in all very well done.

I am also a narrator. I purchased this audiobook in a 2-for-1-credit promotion.

  • Dawn of Wonder

  • The Wakening, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Renshaw
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 29 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,194
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,119

When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems. The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation's royal academy - a whole world of secrets in itself. But this is only the beginning of his discoveries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Instant Favorite

  • By Joe on 03-21-16

Beautiful, Inspiring, Brilliant Storytelling

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-16

Who was your favorite character and why?

Probably Liru (sp?), the female student from Mardre. I love her spunk and just her genuine-ness, but it's hard to pick just one. So many of the characters are fantastic, full of depth and personality.

Have you listened to any of Tim Gerard Reynolds’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

None yet, but I will, he's brilliant!

Any additional comments?

It's really something to say, that in nearly 30 hours(!!) of audio, not a single moment was dull. The writing is brilliant, the characters are well developed, real, and you can connect with them. The story is well-paced and full of rich details about everything, but never too much. Nothing is cliche or stereotypical, nothing overdone or underdone. And to think that this whole 30 hr book is just be the BEGINNING, setting up for the REAL adventure in the coming book(s)!
The narration is fantastic as well. While there isn't a huge variety of voices between characters, they are still perfectly distinguishable so you know exactly who's speaking without cues. Great energy and pace.
I'm also a narrator. I purchased this audiobook with a credit.

  • Wicked Edge

  • By: Rebecca Zanetti
  • Narrated by: Brock Thompson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

Daire Dunne is more than ready to take a quick break from his duties as a Coven Nine Enforcer. When he spots a sexy blonde across a Titans of Fire party, it's not long before she's on the back of his Harley on the fast track to his apartment. Unfortunately, one overheated kiss in, the woman drugs Daire and steals valuable files that can't fall into enemy hands. The second he comes to, the hunt is on....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • different narrator than the other series.

  • By Symmetry on 08-28-18

Witty, Well-told, Wild!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-16

Any additional comments?

Man, can Rebecca Zanetti tell a story or what. That's not a question. I liked this one perhaps even more than the first audiobook. It's got action, nice plot and character development. There's also some fairly strong hints of a third book, centered around the third brother, Adam. I wonder if he'll mate a Shifter?
My favorite quote from this was something like: "Isn't a Bear just one honey-pot away from crazy?"
The narration was also well-done. Brock Thompson's female voices are very convincing and consistent, though his Russian voices in this book are pretty similar.
I'm also a narrator. I purchased this audiobook because it was on sale.

  • Free: A Brief History of Holiday Music

  • By: The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Professor Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 42 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,146
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,030
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,022

Discover the fascinating journey of Christmas music through the centuries, led by world-renowned music historian Robert Greenberg. Christmas music has had an immensely rich history, heavily influenced by the church, cultural traditions like the Germanic Yuletide, and even drinking songs. Hear some of the first Christmas music ever composed and gain new insight into the beloved Christmas classics we still sing today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Holiday Music Fun But Limited Scope

  • By Sara on 12-24-15

Definitely a Lecture...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-16

Any additional comments?

Some information was interesting and new to me, such as the section on chants. I was glad Prof. Greenberg gave readings of the choir samples before playing the recordings.

Prof. Greenberg speaks very animatedly, so it kept my attention. However the deliver is very short and choppy. I'm not saying it was too fast -- the speed was fine -- but if he spoke more smoothly and chilled out just a bit, it would be more enjoyable.

I am also a narrator. I downloaded this because it was free on audible.

  • Wicked Ride

  • By: Rebecca Zanetti
  • Narrated by: Brock Thompson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

Alexandra Monzelle is a hard-fighting, heat-packing Seattle vice cop, and she's not much interested in being protected. Her short skirt and sex-kitten heels are tools to lure her suspects into talking about the deadly new drug hitting the streets. She can take care of herself and then some. Unfortunately, she can't seem to get that through to Kellach Dunne. Kellach is a fresh import from Dublin, and he's landed at the heart of a vicious motorcycle club that deals in guns, narcotics, and mayhem.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Wonderfully Wicked Read!

  • By Mel on 12-27-15

Sassy, Sexy, Wild!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-16

Any additional comments?

I loved this. It's a great "good guy in bad boy clothes" kind of story where opposites attract, old and modern. I just wish it had a bit fewer sex scenes and more action. Sure, it's a romance, so expect at least a few of those, but it seemed like every 3rd scene turns lusty. Oh well. This is, so far, the only series I've decided to continue with the sequel (even before hearing the free preview chapter of Book 2).

My favorite quote in the whole book is:
"That Irish brogue should be bottled up and sold to lonely women everywhere." Brilliant!

Brock Thompson's performance is straightforward, with just a hint of sarcasm at times, which I felt fit the story's diction well. He has just the right amount of emotion and inflection. Voices are distinct and easily differentiated, and the Dublin brogue is well-done. There were no issues with production.

I am also a narrator. I purchased this audiobook with a credit.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Inferno: A Novel

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22,535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,271
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20,347

Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in a hospital in the middle of the night. Disoriented and suffering from a head wound, he recalls nothing of the last 36 hours, including how he got there...or the origin of the macabre object that his doctors discover hidden in his belongings. Langdon's world soon erupts into chaos, and he finds himself on the run in Florence with a stoic young woman, Sienna Brooks, whose clever maneuvering saves his life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Formulaic and Hard to Finish....

  • By Livia on 06-15-13

Made me want to read Dante's Inferno!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-27-15

Would you listen to Inferno: A Novel again? Why?

Yes. Many reasons: art history, Italy tourism, great narration, Italian phrases.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Inferno: A Novel?

Realizing who FS2080 is.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene in the Hall of the Five Hundred.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I have a copy of Dante's Divine Comedy in Italian, but haven't read it. This book made me want to try again.

Any additional comments?

Like Dan's previous books, I thought it's a fantastic and thought-provoking story. Paul's Italian pronunciation is quite good, which I'm picky about b/c I speak it. My only crit would be a bit more emphasis and animation on the Italian phrases would make them sound more authentic.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful